Welcome to the English Language Arts program page!
Our mission is to instill a capacity for communication, empathy, and citizenship through critical thinking, reflection, and appreciation of diverse viewpoints. We aim to foster life-long learners, thinkers, collaborators and communicators.
Through the program, all GPS students will successfully master literacy, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and Social Studies learning standards and will be able to effectively study and critically think about how people process and document the human experience. GPS students study other writers and thinkers, contemporary and historical, in order to develop their own abilities to read, write, speak, and think critically and globally.
The GPS ELA Program is grounded in the workshop model and inquiry. The workshop model includes explicit strategy instruction through mini-lessons and conferring, an emphasis on providing student choice and the time for independent application of skills alongside peers, consistent conferring time in one-on-one or small group settings, and a structured “share” time to highlight student progress and products. Students also participate in inquiry-based learning as well as thematic studies which focus on incorporating and applying knowledge of civics, economics, geography and history to particular concepts, events, or topics.
The English Language Arts curriculum is aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards as delineated in each of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards: Reading: Literature, Reading: Informational Texts, Reading: Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.